Frank Davies, a former Greater Accra President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), has dismissed claims by Supreme Court Judge, Justice William Atuguba, that the association has lost its voice and allowed partisan politics to eat deep into its roots.
According to Mr Davies, no one could independently influence the association to make pronouncements on any matter of national interest.
Mr Davies in an interview with Citi News said Justice Atuguba, who was a former active member of the BAR, should have known that these assertions could not be factual.
Mr Davies explained that not a single president or national executive of the BAR “can be clothed with that political inclination and partisanship to speak when matters affecting the state and the economy of the country are concerned”.
He indicated that all decisions the BAR took on issues of national interest were arrived at during the association’s meeting of all the 10 regional presidents and secretaries.
Mr Davies, however, pointed out that when a matter was contentious, “it is taken to the generality of the BAR at the BAR conference or we hold a mini conference and take decisions to comment on national issues”, stressing that the association has not in any way been influenced by partisan politics.
Justice Atuguba criticised the BAR for failing in the watchdog role it previously used to play, while delivering a speech at the University of Ghana Law School’s 42nd week celebration on Monday.
He said: “From the glorious days of the BAR association, which stood up consistently and strongly for the rule of law, today the same cannot be readily said. There is a widespread perception that party politics has eaten into its ranks and clouded its potent militancy.”